Criminal Law

Module code: PGDL 3001

Module description

The aim of this module is to provide students with a thorough knowledge and understanding of criminal law and to equip them with the skills required for analytical reasoning and problem solving within this field of legal study.

Listed below are the main areas covered by the module syllabus.

  1.  The elements of criminal liability - actus reus and mens rea
  2.  Non-fatal offences against the person
  1. Assault
  2. Battery
  3. Offences contrary to the Offences Against the Person Act 1861
  4.  Homicide offences
  1. Murder
  2. Voluntary manslaughter
  3. Involuntary manslaughter
  4.  Property offences
  1. Theft
  2. Robbery
  3. Burglary
  4. Criminal damage
  5. Secondary participation
  6. General defences
  1. Infancy
  2. Insanity
  3. Intoxication
  4. Automatism
  5. Self defence

Contact hours per student per year


  • Lectures: 28 hours
  • Tutorials: 10 hours (10 x 1)


Online lectures: 8 hours
Tutorials: 15 hours (5 x 3)


Written exam: 100%

Additional costs: No extra costs other than purchase of books

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